ICCA celebrates 62nd Congress in Bangkok

Tuesday, 05.12.2023
Being the third largest congress in ICCA history, 1,123 participants from 80 countries and territories gathered at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) for the 62nd ICCA Congress (12-15 Nov 2023).
Photo: Unsplash

Photo: Unsplash

The theme of It Starts With Us allowed ICCA to approach congress differently this year by treating everyone as a first timer. With 44 educational sessions, and 86 Associations in attendance, knowledge sharing and key relationship building was integral to a successful outcome. With a particular focus on Sustainability; Legacy; DEI; and Innovation, ICCA set a transformative and inclusive agenda, best exemplified during daily Sharing Hubs; 360 minutes of participant-led co-creation.

“It was a remarkable working and cultural experience being together in the captivating city of Bangkok” adds ICCA CEO, Senthil Gopinath. “We created an experience where content, spectacle, collaboration, and possibility came together in harmony. We took on and tackled the big subjects – from AI to talent development – giving our members the discussion areas and action points they need to grow and thrive. My sincere gratitude to all involved in making such an ambitious event possible; from the whole ICCA team to our partners and sponsors, especially QSNCC, TCEB and the wonderful people of Bangkok. The 62nd ICCA Congress will be seen as a step change for ICCA and our global community and will truly reinforce and celebrate that we are indeed, stronger than ever.”

Sustainability Report and legacy initiative

ICCA will be publishing a 62nd Congress Sustainability Report in due course and would also like to highlight the legacy initiative of the time spent in Bangkok with the launch of the Bangkok Pledge on Gastronomy Sustainability by ICCA. This model (in collaboration with TCEB) aims to provide the basis for sustainable food sourcing and food waste management for events in 2024 and beyond.